6Denver Broncos13.74Washington Redskins11.3 6Seattle SeahawksNFC West5.431.6 28San Francisco 49ersNFC West4.022.4 20New York JetsAFC East2.426.3 30Cleveland BrownsAFC North1.620.0 16Minnesota VikingsNFC North2.427.5 31Los Angeles ChargersAFC West2.417.0 26Cincinnati Bengals4.626Minnesota Vikings5.5 3Carolina PanthersNFC South2.632.9 2Dallas Cowboys19.12New England Patriots26.2 27Cleveland Browns4.627Jacksonville Jaguars5.4 8New Orleans Saints12.28Green Bay Packers10.6 10Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South1.629.5 The NFL season is upon us, and for many fans that means hate-watching rival teams as much as it means cheering for one’s own favorite squad. And for a large subset of that group, that specifically means hate-watching the New England Patriots.It’s no secret that winning five Super Bowls, 25 playoff games and 196 regular season games in a span of 17 years — not to mention breaking some rules along the way — will earn you a few enemies. But has New England’s nearly two-decade reign of terror over the NFL made them as universally despised as it seems? Have they reached the New York Yankees’ Evil Empire status? We decided to put it to a test.We commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience to conduct a poll of NFL fans in early September,1Specifically, the poll was conducted among a national sample of adults ages 18 and older, from Sept. 1-7. Only responses from self-described NFL fans (including those who labeled themselves “casual” fans) were included in the analysis. tracking how many would classify each franchise among their three favorite — and least favorite — teams. The survey also asked respondents to assign a favorability rating to a randomly drawn subset of teams, which we used to further judge the admiration — and, more importantly, the vitriol — between fan bases.It should be noted that the Patriots are among the most popular teams in our database (cough, bandwagon), with more than 16 percent of all NFL fans listing them among their favorite teams. That ranks third in the league, trailing only a pair of historic NFL bluebloods: the Green Bay Packers (23 percent) and Dallas Cowboys (19 percent). But they’re also one of the two teams — along with the Cowboys — who stand head and shoulders above the rest of the league in terms of hatred from other fanbases. More than 26 percent of fans polled listed New England as one their three least-favorite teams; only Dallas checked in higher at 31 percent. (No. 3 were the Baltimore Ravens at 13 percent.) 32Jacksonville Jaguars1.832Kansas City Chiefs3.7 Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience Does this mean the Cowboys and all the Jerry World glitz are actually more disliked than the Patriots? Not necessarily. A good amount of the Cowboys hate is accounted for by deep-seated rivalries with their fellow NFC East teams. Patriots hatred is far more egalitarian.For example, the fan groups who hate Dallas the most — Philadelphia and Washington — really, really hate them: A staggering 50 percent of fans who ranked either the Eagles or Redskins among their top three teams also ranked the Cowboys among their bottom three.The Patriots, by contrast, racked up their high dislike rate without the benefit of such intense hatred from specific fan bases. No single group of fans even cracked 35 percent, in terms of the share who ranked New England among their bottom three teams. But the Pats also collected a good amount of hate from a diverse spread of some of the league’s largest fan bases, which nearly helped them catch the Cowboys as the league’s most disliked team.Here’s the rundown of the fan bases who most frequently listed the Patriots among their three least favorite teams: 5Pittsburgh Steelers14.84Pittsburgh Steelers11.3 4Seattle Seahawks15.14Oakland Raiders11.3 9Philadelphia EaglesNFC East2.929.9 ⋮ 27Tampa Bay Buccaneers4.628Houston Texans5.1 24Oakland RaidersAFC West3.125.6 FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 8Tennessee TitansAFC South1.430.0 3New England Patriots16.43Baltimore Ravens13.2 The most loved — and hated — teams in the NFLShare of NFL fans who ranked a given team among the their three favorite, and least-favorite, teams 7Buffalo BillsAFC East1.430.4 25Kansas City ChiefsAFC West2.025.4 RK▲▼FAN BASE▲▼DIVISION▲▼SHARE OF FANS▲▼PUT PATS IN BOTTOM 3▲▼ 1New York GiantsNFC East3.8%34.7% 24Kansas City Chiefs5.724Detroit Lions5.9 Perhaps surprisingly, given that their favorite team beat the Pats in two Super Bowls over the last 10 years, fans of the New York Giants win the crown as the group that hates New England most, with 34.7 percent of them ranking the Pats among their bottom three teams. (Granted, the poll was conducted in the middle of a pennant race between the Red Sox and the Yankees — so there’s no telling what lingering Boston-New York resentment carried over.) Add in animosity from a handful of other huge fan bases — the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks (all of whom the Pats have beaten in the playoffs this decade) — plus leftover resentment from fans of the Carolina Panthers (who apparently have really long memories) and Indianapolis Colts (for whom it’s unclear how much hate is motivated by DeflateGate and how much by the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry), and there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won’t be behind enemy lines.But look on the bright side, Patriots fans: In order to be at the top of the “hate” list, you have to be successful. The top six teams on our list have combined for 24 Super Bowl wins. By comparison, the bottom of the list is filled with teams that are either relatively new or simply inoffensive because they haven’t won many playoff games. And the biggest congratulations are in order for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are currently No. 1 in FiveThirtyEight’s rankings and are also the least disliked team in America, according to the poll. What’s more, this poll was conducted before Kansas City knocked off the Patriots in the NFL season opener.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North5.333.0 29Los Angeles RamsNFC West1.521.6 29Los Angeles Rams4.229Indianapolis Colts4.8 19Cincinnati BengalsAFC North1.726.4 15Atlanta FalconsNFC South3.028.2 7Chicago Bears12.47Cleveland Browns11.2 14Miami DolphinsAFC East2.528.2 23Detroit Lions5.823Miami Dolphins6.1 4Indianapolis ColtsAFC South1.932.0 13Chicago BearsNFC North4.528.4 9San Francisco 49ers11.19New Orleans Saints9.4 17Baltimore RavensAFC North2.427.3 21Houston TexansAFC South2.526.3 Which fan bases hate the Patriots the most?Among respondents who identified themselves as an NFL fan, share who also put the Patriots in their three least favorite teams 18Detroit LionsNFC North2.127.1 12Green Bay PackersNFC North8.329.1 27Washington RedskinsNFC East2.223.0 26Dallas CowboysNFC East6.925.3 23Arizona CardinalsNFC West2.325.7 11Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South0.629.3 10New York Giants10.410Buffalo Bills9.3 LEAST-FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 1Green Bay Packers23.0%1Dallas Cowboys30.7% 31Tennessee Titans3.931Tampa Bay Buccaneers3.9 25Indianapolis Colts5.325Los Angeles Chargers5.5 30Buffalo Bills4.030Tennessee Titans4.5 5Denver BroncosAFC West4.931.6 22New Orleans SaintsNFC South4.425.8 —New England PatriotsAFC East5.9— Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience ⋮